SAN DIEGO -- June 11, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) today announced that Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of Qualcomm, has been named the 1999 recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Program's prestigious Ernst&Young Leadership Award for Global Integration.
For more than 40 years, Dr. Jacobs has been a pioneer in developing innovative technological applications that have revolutionized digital communications technology. A record of his life and career will be included with those of other information technology leaders in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's Permanent Research Collection.
"I am extremely honored to accept this award," said Dr. Jacobs. "Qualcomm and its dedicated employees are leading the future of wireless communications around the world. I am delighted that the Smithsonian Institution has documented and will preserve some of our activities in making Code Division Multiple Access the technology for present and future wireless products and services."
A life-long leader in the field of telecommunications, Dr. Jacobs has founded two successful telecommunications companies. In 1985, Dr. Jacobs was a founder of Qualcomm, and has served as chairman and CEO since the Company's inception. He has led Qualcomm through a period of technical innovation and rapid growth to more than 9,000 employees worldwide, with international activities in digital wireless telephony, mobile satellite communications and Internet software. Prior to founding Qualcomm, Dr. Jacobs co-founded LINKABIT, a San Diego-based telecommunications company, which he guided from several employees in 1969 to more than 1,400 in 1985. Prior to his business career, he was on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, San Diego.
Established in 1993, the Global Integration Award ensures that the National Museum of American History's collection includes an accurate record of the lives and achievements of the leaders of the information technology revolution.
Founded 1989, the Computerworld Smithsonian Award program recognizes outstanding achievements in the application of information technology to the benefit of society, and documents and collects information technology innovations. Each year, five leaders are acknowledged for their contributions to the information revolution. Past recipients of the Global Integration award include: Scott McNealy, CEO Sun Microsystems; Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape Communications Corporation; Lawrence Ellison, president and co-founder of Oracle Corporation; and Robert Kahn, an Internet pioneer and a member of Qualcomm's Board of Directors.
Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's major business areas include CDMA phones; integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; and satellite-based systems including OmniTRACS® and portions of the Globalstar™ system. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is a FORTUNE 500® company with fiscal 1998 revenues in excess of U.S. $3 billion. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com.
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